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Match Preview: Men's Tennis vs. MIT

Match Preview: Men's Tennis vs. MIT

Men's Tennis vs. MIT
Friday, April 22—3:30 p.m.
Farwell Courts—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and MIT will meet for the 49th time on Friday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1983-84 season. The Engineers have won 46 of the previous 48 matches between the teams, but the Beavers snapped their 119-match winning streak with a regular-season victory last season.

Tournament Most Outstanding Player Jeffrey Sperling outlasted Felix Wee in three sets as second-seeded MIT captured its 17th consecutive NEWMAC Tournament championship with a 5-4 win over top-seeded Babson on May 3, 2015, in Babson Park. Seniors Isaac Thylen and Roberto Perez both won in straight sets at first and second singles, respectively, for the Beavers, who trailed 2-1 after doubles.

Ramone Doyley '15 and senior Victor Vu both won in singles and doubles as the Beavers defeated MIT, 6-3, in the conference opener for both teams on April 1, 2014, in Cambridge. Leading 2-1 after doubles, the Beavers won in straight sets at four of the top five singles flights to beat the Engineers for the first time since 1985. 

MIT (8-4, 3-0 NEWMAC) has won five of its last six matches and is coming off of a 7-2 triumph over Coast Guard last Saturday. Sophomore Bryan Lilley and first-year Sean Ko won in both singles and doubles for the Engineers, who scratched out a one-point lead after doubles and then earned four of its five singles victories in straight sets. Ko is 11-4 overall and 6-0 at second and third singles, first-year Tyler Barr (10-3) has won nine straight matches and classmate Alex Cauneac is 13-4 on the year, which includes a 7-2 mark in dual matches. Cauneac and Lilley have combined to go 9-1 in doubles, while Ko is 9-5 on the season with eight dual-match wins.
Babson (8-7, 3-0 NEWMAC) has won three straight matches and five of its last six overall following its 6-3 victory over Coast Guard on Wednesday afternoon. Perez and first-year Brandon Rosenbluth won for the third straight match in doubles and followed it up with a pair of victories in singles for the Beavers, who led 2-1 after doubles. Perez (6-1) has won six straight singles matches at number one, Rosenbluth is 9-5 in dual-match play, and Thylen has gone 7-5 overall at first and second singles. Vu leads the Green and White with a 12-7 mark in doubles, while Rosenbluth has gone 10-6 with four wins in four matches at number one. Sophomore Ben Roque is 9-6 in doubles, which includes a 5-2 record at number three.

Babson and MIT have played in the NEWMAC Tournament championship match in each of the last three seasons and the winner of Friday's match will take sole possession of first place entering the final week of the regular seasons.

The Green and White has won at least two points in doubles in all eight of its victories this spring.

The Beavers have won nine straight regular-season matches against league foes and are 16-3 against NEWMAC competition going back to 2014.